News 12 at 6, December 10, 2007
APPLING, Ga.---Businesses in the Augusta-area are getting report cards. And you can help decide what grades they get.
It's called Angie's List. We first told you about a few months ago and 12 On Your Side decided to check-in to see how things are going.
You might remember it's a website that allows you to give and receive feedback on businesses.
For Barbara Glietsmann, owning her own pet resort is a dream come true.
"The dogs have their own yard to play in." she said while pointing to several of the yards where dogs will stay.
She recently started Whiskers Resort in Appling, you might call it a haven for pets away from home.
For a small business like hers, new customers can be hard to come by. That's why she's a big fan of a website that's fairly new to the Augusta-area, www.angieslist.com
"Because small businesses an't afford much advertising." she said.
Angie's List is a way for consumers to grade businesses like Whiskers. Whiskers has gotten nothing but good marks, but some places aren't so lucky.
If service was good, you report that. If things were horrible, you report that.
Anything from how much you paid to were you treated professionally; you can let people know.
Angie's List has been in the Augusta-area for about a year now. And so far, the staff say things are going well.
"I really like it." said Angie's List member Mary Thurber.
The staff says members like Mary are a big reason why things are going well. She's one of 1200 augusta-area members. 1200 members who are helping the Augusta chapter grow at nearly twice the rate of 2 other chapters that opened at the exact same time.
Like many others, Mary says Angie's List works for her because it is so thorough.
"It gives you a lot of feedback good and bad. It gives you peace of mind." Mary said.
Peace of mind because you can both hold businesses accountable for bad service and sing the praises of the ones that went above and beyond the call of duty.
Angie's List is offering free year-long memberships to anyone in the Augusta-area who signs up for the next couple of months. You can go to http://www.angieslist.com/AngiesList/